The infusion of digital technology into contemporary society has had significant effects for everyday life and for everyday crimes. Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society is the first interdisciplinary scholarly investigation extending beyond traditional topics of cybercrime, policing and the law to consider the implications of digital society for public engagement with crime and justice movements. This book seeks to connect the disparate fields of criminology, sociology, legal studies, politics, media and cultural studies in the study of crime and justice. Drawing together intersecting conceptual frameworks, Digital Criminology examines conceptual, legal, political and cultural framings of crime, formal justice responses and informal citizen-led justice movements in our increasingly connected global and digital society.

Building on case study examples from across Australia, Canada, Europe, China, the UK and the United States, Digital Criminology explores key questions including: What are the implications of an increasingly digital society for crime and justice? What effects will emergent technologies have for how we respond to crime and participate in crime debates? What will be the foundational shifts in criminological research and frameworks for understanding crime and justice in this technologically mediated context? What does it mean to be a ‘just’ digital citizen? How will digital communications and social networks enable new forms of justice and justice movements? Ultimately, the book advances the case for an emerging digital criminology: extending the practical and conceptual analyses of ‘cyber’ or ‘e’ crime beyond a focus foremost on the novelty, pathology and illegality of technology-enabled crimes, to understandings of online crime as inherently social.

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chapter 1|16 pages


Criminology and the Digital Society

chapter 2|25 pages

At the Crossroad

Cyber, Critical and Cultural Criminologies

chapter 3|26 pages

A Global Context

Networks, Corporations and States

chapter 4|23 pages

Crime in Real Time

Immediacy, Immersion and Engagement

chapter 5|21 pages

Liminal Images

Criminality, Victimisation and Voyeurism

chapter 6|26 pages

Networked Hate

Racism, Misogyny and Violence

chapter 7|26 pages

Informal Justice

Digilantism, Victim Participation and Recognition

chapter 8|25 pages

More than a Hashtag

Crime and Social Justice Activism

chapter 9|15 pages


Crime and Justice in Digital Society